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A Chance Child [PDF / Epub] ☁ A Chance Child By Jill Paton Walsh – Thomashillier.co.uk Creep accidentally travels back in time to the British Industrial Revolution while in the present his half brother is anxiously searching for him Creep accidentally travels back in time to the British Industrial Revolution while in the present his half brother is anxiously searching for him.

10 thoughts on “A Chance Child

  1. Mir Mir says:

    Well researched and uite depressing time slip novel about an abused boy called Creep who escapes from the cupboard in which his mother keeps him and somehow travels via the dump this opening scene was out of keeping with the rest both surreal and science fictiony Why does he seem to not have memories at this point? back in time to the Industrial Revolution where he experiences the horrors of child labor In a secondary narrative his brother the one family member who cares for him tries to find him Christopher and his peers' intellectually and emotionally stunted environment is only positive in comparison to the suffering and starvation of the poor children of the past view spoilerCreep never finds his way home He makes a life in the past as best he can Christopher never sees his brother again and probably makes nothing of himself as he is getting no worthwhile education and has already been written off as a troublemaker by the system hide spoiler

  2. Linden Linden says:

    Periodically over the past 10 years I've poked around the internet trying to find a book that I read in Grade 7 All I could remember was that it took place during the industrial revolution in Great Britain that there was a scene involving a young child scurrying under a huge automated press to pull stray threads out of the way between carpets and nearly being crushed to death and that it would have been published before 1992 A Chance Child did come up in a number of searches and in fact was the only fiction novel to show up but the publishing dates I saw in the matches were always late 1990s long after I'd completed elementary schoolFinally thanks to a post in a Goodreads group for finding books I tried searching Worldcat and discovered that this book was actually published in 1978 in PLENTY of time to be republished in a classroom friendly format by 1992 I'm re reading it now and while I haven't yet found the scene with the carpet press I am feeling very confident that it's the right match I'm also impressed that this was included in our elementary classroom curriculum There are some incredibly gritty scenes for 12 year olds and the book is dense with descriptions of the living conditions and technology of the time This is a library copy but the book is going to find its way into my personal library down the roadEDIT I've discovered thanks to Oolookitty's reply below that this was NOT the book I was looking for even though it has a moderately similar carpet factory sceneA Chance Child was a wild ride through the lives of the poor and a glance at the rich during the industrial revolution It saddens me to realize there are still corners of the world where people including children face these types of working conditions but knowing we've come this far gives me hope that we can changes those conditions for everyone eventually

  3. Maggie Maggie says:

    An unusual time travel book about an unloved unwanted child who accidentally time travels back to the age of the Industrial revolution trading one horrific life for another An amazing heart wrenching story

  4. Travis Travis says:

    I read this as a kid and it was one of those weird books that always stuck with me I couldn't remember the title or author or anything but that it had a boy travelling on a boat and he'd gone back in time or something I finally asked about it on a book finding community a few years ago and found it again and then it sat on my shelf unread until something reminded me of it again recentlyRereading it as an adult it's still pretty weird especially the first few chapters when you're just thrown right in and have no idea what's going on But it makes sense now as I think a lot of it went over my head when I first read it It's a good story and I'm glad I had a chance to read it again

  5. Marsha Valance Marsha Valance says:

    A lost child drifts through time on an old canal and his worried brother tries to track him through historic records Phoenix Award

  6. Linda Linda says:

    An amazing book with some mysterious time travel from a modern story of children in poverty in Great Britain to those sad children working to survive by working in factories in the time of the industrial revolution This personal story is serious but shows the human spirit shining even in the face of extreme living conditions for children caring for themselves It is well documented by Jill Paton Walsh and like her other books the descriptions of both the landscape the workday conditions and the characters are beautifully drawn This is a uiet book whose author won The Phoenix Award given by The Children's Literature Association an organization of teachers scholars librarians editors writers illustrators and parents interested in encouraging the serious study of children's literature created for a book originally published in the English language and intended to recognize books of high literary merit The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them

  7. Deb Deb says:

    This book is so amazing and highly recommended Very short read about the industrial revolution and a lost child among the ruble

  8. Tom Tom says:

    Sensitive good children novel

  9. Tania Tania says:

    My last read was chick litso change f pace for me

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